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13 Week Presessional English for Conditional Offers

13 Week Presessional English for Conditional Offers

English language preparation for students with a conditional offer for an undergraduate or postgraduate course at UAL.

Course overview

13 week Presessional is a specialist academic English language preparatory programme for students with a conditional offer for an undergraduate or postgraduate course at University of the Arts London.

13 week Presessional is designed to enable you to progress onto your main course of study at UAL.

We have prepared some important guidance to help you to confirm your eligibility and to apply for Presessional. If you still have any questions, please contact:

Important course updates (9 July 2019)

13 week Presessional applications are now closed.

For advice about alternative English courses at UAL, please email

Great reasons to apply:

  • Successful completion of 13 week Presessional means that you can progress to your main university course at UAL without having to take another IELTS test.
  • On average, 98.5% of all our Presessional students pass their assessments and are able to progress to their main course at UAL (based on a 3 year average).
  • 13 week Presessional is an excellent opportunity for you to network with other students before you join your main course. Learning and collaborating with others is a great opportunity to build social and creative relationships.
  • Presessional courses offer you much more than any IELTS course. Although Presessional and IELTS courses both have assessments which test students on their speaking, listening, reading and writing skills, Presessional also focuses specifically on preparing students for their university studies.
  • All Presessional classes are divided into groups of students going on to study related subjects (for example, one class might contain a mixture of students with conditional offers for courses in: Graphic Design, Interactive Design Communication and Graphic Media Design). This means that your teaching prepares you for using English in your chosen area of study.
  • Presessional courses give you a head start in immersing yourself in life at UAL and in London. You will likely find that study in the UK is very different to the education you have experienced in other countries. Presessional gives you the opportunity to become a more confident and independent student in the UK and at UAL. See the comparison between Presessional and IELTS courses (PDF 94KB).

The Presessional syllabus is delivered using a mixture of academic texts, essays, journals, newspaper articles, film, and online materials sourced from writing and media within the fields of fashion, art, design, and communication. This helps you to be able to speak about your area of study in English.

Presessional lessons take place Monday to Friday for 4 hours per day, in either the morning or afternoon as per the timetable for your course (a total of 20 hours per week). We want to help you to become a confident and independent student so we will regularly give you additional homework and self-study tasks.

You will be expected to do approximately 8-10 hours of self-study per week. This is likely to increase when you are preparing for your assessment.

You will be able to use all of the university facilities including the libraries and IT facilities and university staff will be on hand to show you how to use them.


In the first few days of the course you will be given induction presentations from a variety of university services. You will be given information on health, housing, banking and Tier 4 visa applications.

We suggest that you investigate UK banking options before arriving. Each bank has different requirements and you are responsible for researching these before requesting a reference letter from the Presessional Office.


You will be assessed in academic writing, presentation and discussion, listening and reading. These assessments help you to develop the skills and knowledge you will need for your main course.

You will have one-to-one tutorials with your tutor to discuss your progress and receive advice on your studies. There will also be workshops to help you adapt to living in the UK and studying at UAL.

Location and class size

This course is taught at the Foundation Centre, part of Camberwell College of Arts with a maximum class size of 18 students.


Accommodation is available in our halls of residence for Presessional students. If it is your first time studying in the UK, we strongly recommend staying in our halls to get yourself familiar with London. Take a look at our accommodation options for Presessional students.

Staff information

Presessional is taught by experienced English language tutors. They all have a diploma or equivalent level ELT/TESOL qualification and some also have an MA in Linguistics or Visual Arts.

Additional information

We ask that all students bring a tablet or laptop computer for research and assignment work.

You will not know your class timetable until you enrol onto your Presessional course. It is therefore important that you do not make other commitments, including accepting work, until you receive your timetable.

You are required to attend at least 90% of the course otherwise you may be asked to leave. Do not arrange holidays during the course. If you are absent due to sickness for more than 3 consecutive days you will be asked to provide a certificate from an NHS doctor.

Entry requirements

You can only join the 13 week Presessional if you have an offer for a UAL undergraduate or postgraduate main course starting in academic year 2019/20. You must meet the language entry requirements for 13 week Presessional course. If you do not meet the entry requirements, please contact the Language Centre ( for information on alternative English courses.

To apply for the 13 week Presessional, you must have the following:

  • A conditional offer to study a undergraduate or postgraduate main course at UAL
  • A need to improve your English level by 1.0 IELTS band equivalents (if the amount you need to improve by is higher than this, please see 19 week Presessional for 1.5 bands. If it is lower, please see 9 week Presessional for 0.5 bands, or contact the Language Centre by emailing
  • A firm knowledge of which one main course you wish to study at UAL (if you have several main course applications, you will need to know which one is your first choice)
  • A valid 4-skills English test result, which you must provide on application to Presessional – we do not accept UK degree qualifications on entry to Presessional as a degree qualification does not confirm English level in reading, writing, listening and speaking.

Please note we will not process applications without an English Test result listed in full and uploaded with an application. Please also note we do not accept multiple language results used in combination for entry to Presessional courses.

You can join the 13 Week Presessional at University of the Arts London if your current IELTS score (or equivalent) is 1.0 below the requirement for your UAL main course entry requirements. There are also minimum skill score requirements.

Please see the minimum language requirements for 13 week Presessional.


Language entry requirements for 13 week Presessional

University main course entry requirements (IELTS)

Overall IELTS (or equivalent) score required

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How to apply

You can apply through your UAL applicant portal account.

Students Under 18

If you will be under the age of 18 at the beginning of 13 week Presessional, you will also need to submit a completed Parent and Guardian Agreement (PDF 35KB) before you apply for 13 week Presessional. We cannot process your application until we receive this.

For full guidance about what we will require of you in addition to your application, please refer to our FAQs (PDF186KB).

Required information

The application form will require you to provide information about your:

  • IELTS certificate
  • Passport
  • Any past UK study visa documents (including visa refusal documents)

If you have made several applications to multiple main courses at UAL, this may delay us processing your Presessional application. Please see our FAQs (PDF 186KB) for information about how to avoid delays to your application. Please note however, if you intend to apply for a Tier 4 combined visa, you cannot have any more than one active main course application at the point of applying to 13 Week Presessional.

Current students

If you are currently enrolled on a UAL main course in academic year 2018/19, you are required to provide a new English test result when applying to join Presessional. You are not able to apply to Presessional using the same IELTS result that you submitted to meet your current UAL course entry requirements.  This is because since you have been studying full time and living in the UK, your English level is likely to have improved and the IELTS result you used to join your current UAL course will therefore not reflect your current English level.

Which visa should I apply for?

Tier 4 visa

You must take an IELTS for UKVI test if you want to study 13 week Presessional under a Tier 4 visa. Other internationally recognised certificates may be accepted if you will not be studying Presessional under a Tier 4 visa.

If you have a certificate other than IELTS, please contact the Presessional office well in advance to check whether this can be accepted as proof of English level (email:

Students who wish to study under a Tier 4 visa, please note – if you are eligible to study under Tier 4, it may be possible for you to receive a combined CAS which covers study on Presessional and your main university course at UAL.

Tier 4 Combined visa

In order to be eligible to apply for a Tier 4 Combined visa, you will need to meet all of the following additional conditions:

  • Your Presessional course is less than 3 months in length
  • Your only offer condition is to meet the required English level for your main course
  • Your main academic course is at BA level or above (NQF 6 or above)
  • The gap between the end of Presessional and the start of your main academic course at UAL is no more than 28 days in length
  • Your main course is not subject to validation.

If you are eligible to study under Tier 4 but you do not meet all of the conditions above, you may apply instead for a CAS to cover study on Presessional only. If you study under a Tier 4 visa for Presessional only, you would then need to make a new visa application after successfully completing Presessional, for your main academic course at UAL.

Short Term Student visa

You do not need to provide an IELTS for UKVI in order to be eligible to study Presessional under a Short Term Student visa. Forms of language evidence you can provide in order to meet the Presessional entrance requirements include: standard IELTS result certificate, UAL Progress Test, Pearson Test result (PTE).

If you have a certificate other than those listed above, please contact the Presessional office well in advance to check whether this can be accepted as proof of English level (email:

If you study Presessional under a Short Term Student visa, you will need to return to your home country. This rule applies whether you pass or fail Presessional. If you pass Presessional, you will need to make your visa application for your main course only once you return back to your home country.

To learn more information about each visa type, please read the UK government guidance for student visa types.

What happens next?

Once you have submitted your application, we will review it and you will receive the outcome of your application through the UAL Applicant Portal in due course. We aim to make a decision about each student’s application as quickly as possible. In order to make sure your application is processed quickly, make sure to submit a complete application as early as you can.

Please note: if you have applied for Tier 4 combined CAS, you are required to pay your UAL main course pre-payment before your CAS will be able to be issued. We would strongly recommend you do this at the same time as paying for your Presessional course fees to avoid any delays to the issuing of your CAS.

Dates, fees and additional costs

Course dates: 31 May – 30 August 2019

(Please note the University will be closed on Monday 26 August 2019, which is a national bank holiday)

Application deadline: 9 May 2019

(Applications will not be considered after this date)

Enrolment deadline: 5 June 2019

(Students will not be allowed to join the course after the enrolment deadline)

Course fees

The fee for this course is £5,200.

Please note that if you are made an offer to study Presessional, you will be required to provide evidence of having paid this fee to UAL within 5 working days of being made the offer.

Insurance, provided by the company Endsleigh, is included in your tuition. The policy starts 6 days before your course start date and ends 6 days after the last day of your course. The policy covers medical emergencies, theft and many other things.

Please note: we are currently reviewing some of the details of our Endsleigh insurance policy. If you have any questions about your insurance cover, please contact

Additional costs

You may be required to buy some art materials for the London Project at the end of the course. Students typically spend around £30-£50 on materials for this project, but the cost may vary depending on your choice of medium.

During the course you will attend various class trips which will require you taking public transport at your own cost. Fare prices are available on the Transport for London website.

Please read the information about additional costs.

Your next steps

If you would like to make an application to study 13 week Presessional, you will need to do the following:

  • Make sure you know which UAL main course you want to study. Remember: if you intend to apply for Tier 4 combined CAS, you can only have one main course application. You will need to withdraw any other UAL main course applications (or decline any other UAL main course offers) if you have multiple main course applications.
  • Decide which visa you want to apply for. Remember to refer to the Presessional Visa Information 2019 (PDF 149KB) for information about what each visa type requires you to prepare.
  • Submit an application for 13 week Presessional making sure to include all requested information.